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Invoking Article 5


Article 5 is the cornerstone of the Alliance. It means that an attack on one is an attack on all. This article has been invoked only once in the 70-year history of the Alliance: in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States. In this episode we discuss how NATO came to the aid of the US and why article 5 was invoked.

We speak with Lord George Robertson about his recollection of the hours and days following the 9/11 attacks and we discuss the significance of the decision to invoke Article 5. 

HOSTS: Dr. Stella Adorf, Master Sergeant Alex Burnett, Dr. Linda Risso 

GUESTS: Lord George Robertson, Michael Ruehle 


NATO Declassified: 9/11 and beyond

NATO and the days after 9/11

Statement by the North Atlantic Council, 11 September 2001

NATO"s Response to Terrorism, 6 December 2001

Statement on combating terrorism: Adapting the Alliance"s Defence Capabilities, 18 December 2001

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